Online Safety

Using parental controls

Parental controls are a great tool for helping to protect children but should not replace open and honest conversations with children about their life online. Share these tips on how to use parental controls effectively. Find out more by reading the full article on Think-U-Know

Live streaming: responding to the risks

Many children enjoy live streaming as it can be used to showcase talent, develop communication skills and create identity. This article from Think-U-Know helps parents to understand why children love it, what the risks can be, and how they can help their child stay safe if they are live streaming. Find out more by reading this article from Think-U-Know.  

Keeping your under 5s safe online

Whether it’s watching videos, playing games on their devices or talking to Alexa – today’s under 5s are spending more time online. This article looks at the benefits of children accessing the internet, and shares advice about how parents can make sure their child has a safe experience online. With over 50% of 3-4 year olds spending an average of 8 hours online a week it is important to consider how to keep your child safe online.  This article outlines the benefits of their online life as well as some top tips for supporting them. Find out more in the article from Think-U-Know here

The UK Safer Internet Centre’s Parents Guide to Harry Potter Wizard’s Unite

The UK Safer Internet Centre have published their Parents and Carer’s Guide to Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Their guide explains to parents and carers what the game is about, who it is suitable for, key things to know and the UK Safer Internet Centre‘s advice about how to approach the game with your young person.  Their advice centres on having an open conversation with you young person around the game rather than banning it! You can find out even more from the official Harry Potter Wizards Unite site too.

Sharing pictures of your child online

This is number 2 in a series of articles from CEOP on the Think-U-Know website especially for Parents over the Summer Break.  This one is all about Sharing pictures of your child online… The article starts by asking you if you are a “Sharent”?  It then goes on to give information about sharing images online and talks about your child’s “digital footprint”. Think-U-Know from CEOP has a wealth of information for parents and carers as well as teachers and children!  

Gaming: What parents and carers need to know

A new blog post by CEOP on the think-u-know website highlights all that parents need to know to keep their children safe from online predators in online games during the long summer break ahead of us. The article carefully explains the issues and risks around unmoderated game chat and in-game gifting, as well as offering some top tips for parents to help keep their children safe whilst gaming. Take a look yourself by clicking HERE!  

‘The New Normal: Parents, Teens, and Devices Around the World’ from Common Sense Media

Common Sense media have a new post about ‘The New Normal: Parents, Teens, and Devices Around the World’ which brings together research from around the world about mobile device use, and its impact on family life.  What they are calling ‘The New Normal’ research series explores how smartphones and other mobile devices have changed families’ morning and evening routines and in-person relationships. For the first time, parents and teens reveal their habits around screens and sleep, from where they keep phones at night to how often digital notifications wake them up (and why). From their research on UK families, which was published in October 2018, they find that both teens and parents say mobile devices are a daily distraction in family life. They also report that the pull of mobile dev...

Education for a Connected World

We have been hard at work drafting an update for the Gaia  Primary   Computing Framework On-Line Safety Section in order to bring the curriculum content in line with Education for a Connected World. This new Framework has been produced by   UKCCIS (UK Council for Child Internet Safety). The Framework is designed to help schools prepare young people for life in a digital society. We will keep you posted as to when the PCF update pack is to be released and how existing customers can buy the new material.

We’ve just signed up to the @UK_SIC #SID2018 supporters list! What are you doing for the day?

Safer Internet Day 2018 will take place on Tuesday 6th February with the theme ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: a better internet starts with you.’ Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of schools and organisations join together to raise awareness of online safety issues and run events and activities right across the UK. Find out more and get involved! www.saferinternetday.org.uk #SID2018 Further information: Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the sa...

Social media guide for teachers and support staff

Childnet has produced a short information booklet aimed at teachers and support staff in schools. It outlines how best to use social media services in both a professional and a personal capacity.

BBC plans to help tackle fake news

The BBC is to launch a new programme supporting young people to identify real news and filter out fake or false information. The project, announced on 6 December at the Children’s Global Media Summit in Manchester, is targeted at secondary schools and sixth forms across the UK. From March up to 1,000 schools will be offered mentoring – in class, online, or at events – from the likes of BBC journalists such as Huw Edwards, Tina Daheley, Nikki Fox, Kamal Ahmed and Amol Rajan. All schools will have access to free online materials classroom activities, video tutorials, and an interactive game developed by the world-famous Aardman studio, where the player experiences being a BBC journalist in the heart of the newsroom. You can find out more information about the initiative here: htt...

How to help children use the internet safely

The NSPCC has published a useful blog post on the Guardian website giving pointers to professionals helping children explore the internet safely. As we know, the internet offers many opportunities to play, learn and connect but with the digital world changing all the time, we all have a role to play in keeping children safe online. Teachers, social workers and other professionals can all help children understand the internet, recognise risks, and stay safe. The first step is often a conversation, but it can be difficult to know where to start. Following their tips can help adults support and advise children about safely navigating the internet and all it has to offer. You can access the post here: https://www.theguardian.com/nspcc-childrens-services/2017/dec/01/world-wild-web-professionals...

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